Stat Priority (5.2)
Stats are the core of your character and how you choose to balance those stats will greatly impact the effectiveness of your Marksmanship Hunter. Use this guide to select the stats that are the most important for your Hunter and learn how to prioritize those stats to optimize your performance.
Expertise (3%+) > Ranged Hit (3%) > PvP Power > Agility > PvP Resilience > Crit > Haste > Mastery
Expertise (3%) The Expertise cap of 3% (1020 Rating) will eliminate the chance for your attacks to be dodged. To check your Expertise, open your character panel and then look under the Ranged tab for “Expertise” and make sure it is at or just above 3% for your weapon(s). Expertise beyond 3% continues to reduce the chance for your attacks to be dodged against other Agility based classes, but this amount of Expertise comes at the cost of other stats and is often not worth the investment.
Ranged Hit (3%) The Hit cap of 3% (1020 Rating) will eliminate the chance for any special ability to miss against other players. To check your Hit, open your character panel and then look under the Ranged tab for “Hit Chance” and make sure it is at or just above 3% for your weapon(s).
PvP Power Increases all damage done to players and their pets or minions.
Agility Increases all damage dealt and slightly increases critical chance.
PvP Resilience Provides damage reduction against all damage done by players and their pets or minions. You start with a base PvP Resilience of 40%. PvP Resilience is more effective than raw Stamina for mitigating damage received in PvP environments. The choice of how much PvP Resilience to stack entirely depends on how much damage you want to mitigate versus how much damage you would like to deal to your targets. If you find yourself dying too frequently, try adding more PvP Resilience.
Crit Increases the chance for your attacks to critically hit for additional damage.
Haste Decreases cast time for abilities such as Aimed Shot, causes you to shoot faster, and increases Focus regeneration speeds.
Mastery Mastery Wild Quiver grants a chance for your ranged attacks to proc an additional attack that does reduced damage.